Henry Michael Burkhardt, 70 years old, of West Palm Beach, FL died on Monday, February 20, 2017 following a brief illness. Born at St. Mary's Hospital in West Palm Beach, Michael was proud of his pioneer heritage as a great-grandnephew of Henry John Burkhardt, the last Barefoot Mailman; a great-grandson of Louis W. Burkhardt, a municipal Judge and the Mayor of West Palm Beach in 1902; and a son of Vincent L. (Sara Frances) Burkhardt, who served as Chairman of the South Florida Fair from 1977 to 1988. Like father, like son, Michael was elected Chairman of the South Florida Fair from 2005 to 2007 and was later named a Distinguished Trustee. A lifelong resident of the Palm Beach area, he was a graduate of Cardinal Newman High School, Class of 1964; a member of the Exchange Club; a past president of the Lake Worth Pioneer's Association; and a co-owner of Palm Beach Electric Inc. and the subsequent Burkhardt and Birdsong Electric Inc. until his retirement in 2001. Michael exemplified a life of faith as a longtime member of St. Ann Catholic Church; a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 2075; a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Andrew Doherty Assembly 0155; a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (EOHS); and an Associate of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND). He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Marsha Stanhope Burkhardt; three siblings, Veronica Burkhardt Birdsong, Margaret Cheryl Burkhardt, and Vincent George Burkhardt (Sharon); numerous loving nieces and nephews; two sisters-in-law, Charlotte Pease (Roger), and Marylou Griswold; and his feline friend, Maggie. Mike exemplified Love, Kindness, Goodness and Gentleness to everyone who knew him.
The family will receive friends on Friday, March 3, 2017 from 5:00PM until 7:00PM at Quattlebaum Funeral Home, 5411 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33417, with a Rosary Service to begin at 6:30PM. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30AM on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at St. Ann Catholic Church, 310 North Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, with Fr. Seamus Murtagh, officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Michael Burkhardt to either: Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, 3100 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33409 www.peggyadams.org
or St. Ann Place, 2107 N Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 www.stannplace.org
or School Sisters of Notre Dame, 345 Belden Hill Road, Wilton, CT 06897 Attention: Joy Nazzaro www.atlanticmidwest.org
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Published by The Palm Beach Post from Feb. 25 to Feb. 27, 2017.